Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) is an annual showcase for OSU undergraduates to present their research, scholarship and creative projects to the broader university and Corvallis community. 
Undergraduates from all academic disciplines, in all years of study and all stages of research will present a diversity of topics, approaches and interests at OSU.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) 2022! The last two years’ events were held virtually due to changes in campus operations, but we anticipate that the 2022 event will again be held in person. If you are a remote student or Ecampus student and would like to present virtually, please email us to set up accommodations at [email protected]

We will be hosting a virtual workshop on how to make a research/creative project poster, and how to put together an elevator pitch to give to attendees about your project. This workshop is optional for presenters, and will be held April 27th at 5pm. Stay tuned for a zoom link to that event.

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence


April 1: Registration opens for CUE submissions

April 15: Deadline to register to present at 5pm (PST)

April 22: Faculty Advisor approval due at 5pm (PST)

April 27: Poster and Elevator Pitch workshop, 5-6pm (PST) – Zoom link coming soon.

May 18: Presenter Load in, MU Ballroom

May 19: CUE presentation event, 9am-12pm(PST), Memorial Union Ballroom

Instructions to students

Creating your Lightning Talk

  1. Download PowerPoint. If you do not already have PowerPoint, follow the directions here to download a free copy through OSU’s license at https://is.oregonstate.edu/microsoft.
  2. Make a few slides about your research. Keep in mind your talk must be 3 minutes or less. For more information on creating a lightning talk visit: https://undergraduate.oregonstate.edu/research/resources/students/present-your-work/lightning-talk.
  3. You will be asked to upload a transcript of your talk along with the recording for accessibility purposes. We recommend writing out what you plan to say and using it as a script as you record your voice-over.
  4. For additional help with your lightning talk please visit virtual undergraduate research drop in advising hours held on Monday and Tuesday from 1-3. Join by visiting tinyurl.com/URSAZoom.

Recording your voiceover
(For a video overview please visit: https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_4sqlaew3)

  1. Beginning on May 11th, you will have access to the CUE Canvas page. This is where you will access the Kaltura Software that will be used to record your voice-over presentation.
  2. Open the Canvas site and navigate to the “My Media” tab on the column on the left side of your screen.
  3. Click “Add New” then select “Recording Tools/Capture” on the drop down menu.
  4. This will prompt you to authorize and download the Kaltura app that will be required for you to record your voice over.
  5. Open Kaltura and give the necessary permissions to allow for screen recording.
  6. Open your PowerPoint presentation and press the record button when you’re ready to deliver your presentation.
  7. Press the square stop button on the Kaltura window when you’re finished recording. Use your first and last name (e.g. “John Doe”) as the name of the video.
  8. Upload your recording when prompted. Be sure the progress bar reaches 100%.
  9. Open the CUE Canvas page and navigate back to the My Media tab, your new recording should show up here.
  10. Click on the video title to bring up your recording. Scroll down and click on “Share” below the video preview.
  11. The “embed code” should automatically be highlighted. Copy this text.
  12. Click on “Modules” on the left hand column in the CUE Canvas page and find the module with your college listed.
  13. Find your name and project title and click to open your personal discussion. It should appear blank.
  14. Click “reply” to open a text box. Click on “HTML editor.” Paste the embed code that was copied on the previous page.
  15. Select “Post Reply.” Your video should now show up with a preview in your discussion post. Once you’ve made the post, click the three dots on the right side of the post and select “edit” on the drop down menu to add your typed transcript below your recording. On the day of the symposium other students and other OSU community members will post comments and questions. You will be asked to check back regularly to provide as close to real-time answers/feedback as possible.

For additional assistance, please contact [email protected].

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA) in the Office of Academic Affairs and organized by University Events.